Omo-Agege Dumps PDP for Labour, Pledges to Rescue Urhobo from Political Marginalization
Ovie Omo-Agege has dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the Labour Party. In a Press Statement by the Directorate of Media & Strategy of his Campaign Organisation, Aruviere Martin Egharhevwa, on Friday, 2 January 2015, Omo-Agege states that he has joined the Labour Party to formally pursue his ambition to represent Delta Central Senatorial District as their Senator.
He stresses in the statement, which was posted on the Urhobo People Forum Facebook page, that his decision to run for Senate is not “self-serving,” but to rescue the people of Urhobo from political and economic marginalisaion.
“This is not a self-serving mission. It is a mission to rescue Urhobo and Delta state from the claws of a few, who think they own Delta state. Delta state PDP has let us down and we refuse to be part of an arrangement that will continually foist unfettered humiliation on the Urhobo people. The Labour Party – as fate now has it – provides the best opportunity for our people to break away from the yoke of oppressive and unresponsive government.”
Omo-Agege, who contested the Delta State Gubernatorial primary elections under the platform of the PDP and lost to Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, describes the outcome of the primary as a conspiracy against the Urhobo people, noting that they were frustrated and humiliated.
He then warns: “Those who think they own Delta state must be told in clear terms that the state belongs to Deltans. Those who say Urhobo don’t matter must be made to understand that we are vital and they cannot win without our votes. While those who conspired against us in the PDP primaries must be told that no matter how hard they try to frustrate us, we will not give up. I will not sit down and watch the Urhobo people being humiliated when I believe I can do something to put an end to it.
“The PDP turned its back on us and ignored our demographic strength and our electoral value. So let’s embrace those who recognised and appreciate our value in line with the Uvwiamuge Declaration.”
He goes further to reveal that part of the reason he has chosen the Labour Party is to support Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, who is contesting for Delta State Governor under the platform of the Labour Party, contending that is the best way set Delta State free from the yoke of oppressive and unresponsive government.
“Supporting Great Ogboru is just not the best way but indeed the only way available to us to continue our fight to free Delta state and build a state of our dream. Ogboru and I share the same ideals and values of a progressive society; and I strongly believe that Ogboru will add value to governance of Delta state in a way that I would have.
“So today, I endorse him and throw my full support behind his campaign. I call on all my supporters to channel all their energy, passion, strength and do all they can to help elect Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru the next governor of Delta state. I implore all of you to work as hard for Great Ogboru as you would have done for me,” he said.
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